Armory Shop 45 offers a full line of handgun ammo from a wide range of major brands such as Federal, Hornaday, Winchester, Fiocchi, etc. No matter what caliber pistol you have, we have it all from 9mm, 10mm, .380 ACP, .45 ACP, .40 S&W, 38 Special, 357 Magnum, 5.7x28mm, and more. We have the best handguns and handgun ammo for your needs at competitive prices.

Rules For Choosing A Defensive Handgun And Handgun Ammo

Here are three keep-it-simple rules for defensive handgun and ammunition selection:

  • Carry the largest caliber, highest-capacity handgun you can comfortably conceal on a daily basis.
  • Load it with flawlessly functioning ammunition, delivering high energy levels and deep penetration, for your cartridge of choice.
  • Prove you can consistently use that combination to put five shots, inside a 5-inch circle, from 5 yards, in less than 5 seconds.

Many organizations, agencies and even individuals have developed theories to rate the effectiveness of defensive handgun ammunition. Most of the results, though they seem definitive in nature, are contradictory. Here’s a brief snapshot of more than 100 years of speculation.

Rules For Choosing A Defensive Handgun And Handgun Ammo

In 1904, U.S. Army Captain John Thompson and Major Louis LaGarde shot live steers and dead humans to determine which cartridges were most effective. Julian Hatcher, a former Technical Editor at American Rifleman, based his theory of Relative Stopping Power on this study, concluding the .45 ACP twice as effective as a 9mm. In 1975, the National Institute of Justice finalized what they called the Relative Incapacitation Index, which was later updated in 1985. This study was based on hypothetical assumptions and a computer-generated man. The study rated the 9mm twice as effective as the .45 ACP.

I’m constantly asked what handgun ammo I trust in the handguns I carry. What might surprise you is that I’m not all that picky. For me, priority No. 1 is reliability. If it does not go bang every time, the most wicked cartridge, loaded with the most wicked bullet, will only result in one hell of a wicked let down.

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